The classroom and the home aren't the only places where young people learn lessons about growing up: For many, those lessons happen on the field or court. This fall, many of the most notable sports titles are from bestselling authors and star athletes.
STAT: Double Team
Scholastic, 144 pp.: $5.99, for ages 8 and up
In the second book based on NBA star Amar'e Stoudemire's youth, 11-year-old Amar'e plays on a basketball team with his best friends but is soon courted by more elite players, making him question whether basketball or true friendship is more important.
By Tim Green
HarperCollins, 352 pp.: $16.99, for ages 9 and up
A foster child who's the star running back on his junior high school football team is diagnosed with cancer, teaching him the real meaning of bravery and determination.
Philomel, 240 pp.: $17.99, for ages 10 and up
A young basketball phenom struggles to keep his ego in check until a former playground legend comes on the scene and shows him a better path.